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Sicily governor slams budget challenge

Limits for unmarried and poor are 'ideological, discriminatory'

23 January, 17:21
Sicily governor slams budget challenge (see related) (ANSA) - Palermo, January 23 - Sicily Governor Rosario Crocetta on Thursday slammed a challenge from the region's highest state official to a new budget law there as "ideological, conservative, discriminatory, and incoherent with respect to European Union directives".

Crocetta told ANSA that the region was mulling an appeal to the European Court of Justice and to Italian courts. The Commissioner of State on Thursday contested more than two thirds of the contents of the new budget law passed by the regional assembly of the Southern Italian island, a move which effectively blocks its execution. Among the 70% of the norms that have been challenged are some of the ones that were personally supported and promoted by Crocetta, including a law that recognizes unmarried couples as forming a family, as well as one that would assist poor families guaranteeing them a minimum subsidy of 400 euros a month that would have involved some 15 million euros of state funding.